“I’m looking for a really sweet children’s book. Can you recommend any?”
“Oh, I haven’t heard of that one.”
“It’s so, so good. It’s one of our very favorites. And it’s written by Julie Andrews.”
“You mean Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp can write?!”
“Yup. She’s written several children’s books actually. This one is so sweet. It’s about this little orphan girl who climbs over the wall encircling the orphanage and discovers an abandoned little cottage in the woods. Every day she goes there and fixes it up, turning it into a beautifully enchanted, secretive place.”
“Ooh, that sounds fun.”
“I know, it’d be so fun if we could find a little cottage to fix up! And here, you can borrow the book.”
I took my friend’s cherished book home and started reading it. And do you know what happened? I could hear Julie Andrews’ voice in my head! As I read each sentence, she was narrating the book to me in her sweet, musical voice.
And true to her talents, the book ends on a beautiful note.
Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a place to call her own. Escaping over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy works to make it truly hers. Sometimes she “borrows” things she needs from the orphanage. Sometimes, to guard her secret, she even lies. Then, one stormy night at the cottage, Mandy gets sick, and no one knows how to find her—except a special friend she didn’t know she had.
There are a few mild obscenities such as “golly” and “dammit” and a number of religious profanities. Although the main character lies about and steals small items for her cottage, this behavior is not portrayed in a positive light and actually shows that when you do bad things, you have a heavy conscience. For a full report, check out the Library.